Japan is planning to discharge radioactive wastewater from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the sea despite major concerns for marine life and water pollution.

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Many throughout Japan and South Korea have held protests to fight against this horrible decision. The Pohang Citizens Behavior, composed of six civic groups and residents, held a demonstration last week. Pohang is the main seaport for the Daegu-Gyeongbuk region, and they believe fishing areas around there would be hit the hardest by the dumping.

“The contaminated water released into the ocean will spread across the entire Pacific Ocean in 10 years and affect almost all of our sea,” said South Korean Representative Seo Sam-Seok when discussing how to unite with other counties to stand against Japan’s plan to dump the wastewater next spring.

“Marine pollution will be inevitable, so the government and political circles should proactively act for the safety of the people,” he continued.

South Korea has banned imports of marine products caught in the Japanese waters near the Fukushima plant. Not only would the dumping cause danger to marine life, but this is also a massive concern for public health. The decision was made without the input of the surrounding counties, but it will affect them just as much as it will Japan.

Anna Malindog-Uy, a researcher of Philippine-BRICS Strategic Studies, said, “If something goes wrong with the sad plan, developing countries like the Philippines, like my country, we’re surely be adversely affected and left on their own to suffer the negative consequences.”

“Japan should think twice before proceeding with its plan and prudently consult with countries that will directly be affected by such a decision,” she continued.

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At the end of 2021, Tokyo Electric Power Company, the nuclear plant’s operator, submitted a detailed plan to discharge the toxic water. If approved, it is set to begin in the spring of 2023.

“Given the interconnectedness of the world waterways and food systems, the move by Japan could see millions of people in faraway spaces, including Kenya, affected,” said Cavince Adhere, a Kenya-based international relations scholar.

“Japan is exposing the world to multiple and far-reaching consequences with the nuclear discharge,” he continued.

Greenpeace has warned that the Fukushima dumping could damage human DNA. Nuclear Power is not the answer to climate change, and we need to move towards renewable clean energy.

This decision will affect the marine environment and public health of the entire world. This is not a decision that one country can make as it will affect much more than their own country. Dumping into our oceans is never ok, and we need to fight to save the oceans while we still can! Sign this petition to stop the Japanese government from dumping radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean!

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